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Boudreau: 'If you wanna win, you have to pay the price'

Mark Giannotto checking in from a mostly empty Kettler Capitals Iceplex this morning...

A groggy Bruce Boudreau just spoke with the media after arriving back into town from Florida at 2 a.m. First and foremost on his mind were the injuries suffered by defensemen Mike Green (upper body) and Jeff Schultz (lower body) during last night's 4-1 victory over Florida. Both Green and Schultz will be "game-time decisions" tonight in the second game of a home-and-home with the Panthers, but as Tarik mentioned in a previous post, both were seen walking gingerly to the team bus in Florida yesterday.

In the meantime, the Caps have some contingency plans in place should neither be able to suit up. Like he did in last night's 4-1 victory, Tyler Sloan would move back to defense. If Green and Schultz are available, Sloan would remain on the fourth line alongside Chris Clark and Mathieu Perreault. Defenseman John Erskine, who was a scratch last night, will also play tonight. And rather than give Michael Nylander his first game action of the season, the Caps are planning to activate Eric Fehr (ribs) and put Alex Ovechkin on injured reserve, retroactive to when he originally strained his shoulder last Sunday against Columbus.

Boudreau, though, hinted that there might be some other injuries without going into specifics. If that's the case, the Caps already have plans to make some call-ups from Hershey.

"We've got all the flights ready," said Boudreau. "If Schultz and Green don't play, we could easily just add Erskine and add Fehr, but if there's more than that, we'll be calling people up."

As for Shaone Morrisonn and a possible suspension after he received a five-minute major and a game misconduct last night, Boudreau said he hadn't heard anything from the NHL this morning. Though he expressed some worry last night because Morrisonn had quietly been on probation (not the double-secret kind) following a couple game misconducts last year, Boudreau was confident the defenseman would be allowed to play tonight.

"I would have figured we would have heard [by now] because they knew we had a game tonight, and with the potential injuries, they would have given us some leeway on this," Boudreau said.

* Boudreau called off the morning skate today, but Alex Semin was on the ice in street clothes and shoes. I also saw Semyon Varlamov, Brooks Laich, Quintin Laing, and Perreault. None of them, however, took the ice. No word yet on whether it'll be Varlamov or Theodore between the pipes tonight.

* Boyd Gordon made an appearance on the ice this morning, doing some shooting and skating drills with strength and conditioning coach Mark Nemish. Gordon has been out since Oct. 12 with a back injury. He won't be available tonight.

* Boudreau on last night's gritty 4-1 victory: "That's the kind of compete -- we went from seven and nine hits to 30 hits -- to just really battling, and if you wanna win, that's what you have to do. If you wanna win, you have to pay the price, and winning teams usually have a lot of injuries during the course of the year."

* Boudreau on tonight's rematch at Verizon Center: "I expect them to be better because they're way more desperate than they were last night. They sort of have to win this game and we want to be the tops in our division, so we know we have to go after it. It's gonna be a really interesting game."

By Mark Giannotto  |  November 7, 2009; 11:38 AM ET
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Since the Bears are in NH you'd think they gotta make any calls sooner than later.

Posted by: jerseygirl15 | November 7, 2009 11:48 AM | Report abuse

There are folks here that are way better at the salary cap than I am but I believe a player has to be on the Long Term Injured Reserve (LTIR) for their salary not to count against the Cap. Putting Ovi on IR allows the Caps to add Fehr to the roster. BB sure sounded annoyed that Fehr wasn't ready to step in as early as Wednesday.

Posted by: fanohock1 | November 7, 2009 11:49 AM | Report abuse

"...following a couple game misconducts last year..."


Still searching for the second one...any ShaMo game misconducts other than 2/7/09 never made it to the stats sheet...

Posted by: CapsChick | November 7, 2009 11:55 AM | Report abuse

In case you missed it...

Nylander update:

Apparently, a few teams have made offers for Nyles but McPhee won't take any salary back. Read on!

Posted by: MetalCapsFan | November 7, 2009 12:16 PM | Report abuse

Next question: Why isn't Boyd Gordon on Long Term Injured Reserve? I believe he's already missed the requisite amount of time.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | November 7, 2009 12:19 PM | Report abuse

So, Tarik, what is the deal between Boudreau/McPhee and Nylander? Are BB and GMac having a snit because he is holding them to the contract that McPhee negotiated and are trying to "starve" him out by denying him any game time, or is he somehow at fault here? I'll grant you, he hasn't been a much of a two-way player, but he's far from useless, and there is at least one equally bad offender on the two-way front (Semin, and he takes lazy penalties, to boot) who is getting ice time. From the outside looking in, it appears that management is in the wrong here, but admittedly, it's hard to tell. Given Nylander's limited prospects elsewhere, the late stage of his career, and his apparently well-negotiated and ironclad contract, I certainly don't blame him for standing by his rights and collecting his pay. What's your take?

Posted by: BadboyBilodeau | November 7, 2009 12:20 PM | Report abuse

Sasha on the ice in street clothes and shoes!

Posted by: CapsFan75 | November 7, 2009 12:21 PM | Report abuse


I take it you'd rather play Nylander than Semin.

Semin's improved as a two way player. He led the team in Plus/Minus last year. (This year's off but he's not a minus.)

Posted by: CapsFan75 | November 7, 2009 12:23 PM | Report abuse

If (or should I say when) they put Ovi on LTIR, they can call up whoever they want from Hershey.

Knowing the Caps, they'd put him on LTIR a week before he returns.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | November 7, 2009 12:25 PM | Report abuse

I understand not taking salaries back right now. With 19 and 28 in the midst of negotiations for new contracts the money that is cleared by Nyls moving and probably JT moving will be used to give Backs a huge raise, Semin a moderate raise, and Steckel a moderate raise. If he takes back equal money on a player that has even one year remaining on his contract after this season that that kills needed money for others.

Posted by: saintex | November 7, 2009 12:25 PM | Report abuse

HOLY @#@#^&%###@%&!!!!!!!

As per Bob McKenzie/TSN

Washington puts Michael Nylander on waivers.

8 minutes ago from mobile web

Posted by: MetalCapsFan | November 7, 2009 12:25 PM | Report abuse

I'm going to keep refreshing and until a story appears on Nylander. I'll post any info that pops up.

Speculation: a trade/loan must have been worked out, unless McPhee is sending him to Hershey to replace some of the potential call-ups for injured players (doesn't seem likely).

Posted by: MetalCapsFan | November 7, 2009 12:31 PM | Report abuse

From Corey/WaTimes :

Caps are still exploring options, and Nylander would have to clear waivers if he were loaned to a team in Europe.
8 minutes ago from UberTwitter

A team official confirmed report by @TSNBobMcKenzie that Michael Nylander is on waivers, but no said no deal is imminent.
9 minutes ago from UberTwitter

Posted by: MetalCapsFan | November 7, 2009 12:35 PM | Report abuse

Boudreau on last night's gritty 4-1 victory: "That's the kind of compete -- we went from seven and nine hits to 30 hits -- to just really battling, and if you wanna win, that's what you have to do. If you wanna win, you have to pay the price, and winning teams usually have a lot of injuries during the course of the year."

every team goes thru injuries, nothing you can do about them... all you can hope is most of your best players are healthy going into the playoffs.

you certainly don't want anything similar to what happened to the 1985-86 Caps.. the first Caps' team to win 50 games, everyone had such high hopes. but with a few games left in the season they lost their best forward to a broken leg and got bounced by the Rangers who had about 40 points less during the regular season in the first round of the playoffs

Posted by: joek443 | November 7, 2009 12:40 PM | Report abuse


I don't want a repeat of the 1985-1986 Caps either. That playoff series was a nightmare. I remember referring to the Caps as the "Washington Lower Cases" afterwards. You know, the opposite of capital.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | November 7, 2009 12:47 PM | Report abuse


If clearing waivers is the issue for Nylander before he can be lent to a European team, I'm sure he'll clear waivers.

(At this point, if I were Nyls, I would consent to be moved, somewhere, anywhere.)

Posted by: CapsFan75 | November 7, 2009 12:49 PM | Report abuse

@ CapsFan75

sure was a nightmare.. they sure made a star outta john vanbiesbrouck in that series

Posted by: joek443 | November 7, 2009 12:51 PM | Report abuse

Nylander to waivers frees up cap space once he clears I believe. Also Forsberg is ready in 2 days so maybe they are connected.

Posted by: ThePat | November 7, 2009 12:57 PM | Report abuse

Could be a NHL deal in the making similar to Avery's release from Dallas. NYR and Dallas are splitting his salary on his contract.

Looks like I can't make the Caps chalk talk later today with Leonsis. If any other STH is going, ask Ted about what happen with the Nylander relationship.

Posted by: puckman | November 7, 2009 1:03 PM | Report abuse

Wow. Fingers crossed, hard.

Posted by: irockthered | November 7, 2009 1:04 PM | Report abuse

Actually does anyone know if we get Nylander's cap space immediately or is it not till he clears waivers? I dont want to go through the CBA.

Posted by: ThePat | November 7, 2009 1:06 PM | Report abuse

Maybe with the Wings depletion and some LTIR money available - and they need a C - there could be something to the waiver and then recall - they claim on the way back up (right?) and we split the money. Not that crazy.

Posted by: saintex | November 7, 2009 1:12 PM | Report abuse

this is the only item i could find that did not reference bob mckenzie

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | November 7, 2009 1:17 PM | Report abuse

@metal, thanks so much for the Nylander (NMC) info and updates. Verrrry interesting....

Love the way we gutted last night's game out; obviously we're going to have to do the same tonight (hopefully with as good a result and no major penalties to kill).


Posted by: wocoliz | November 7, 2009 1:18 PM | Report abuse

i don't know what length of time a player must be on waivers (to allow other teams to claim him) - but i would think until that time has passed - he would still be considered a capital

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | November 7, 2009 1:20 PM | Report abuse

@Capt Kirk

I know he's considered a Capital until he's claimed or loaned. That time for waivers is 24 hours. I know once he clears waivers he is definitely off our salary cap, but just didn't know if he's off it now that he has been placed on waivers. Because to me if we needed to call someone up tonight we need the cap room immediately. That is why I had the question.

Posted by: ThePat | November 7, 2009 1:28 PM | Report abuse

At this point, we're all aware that if Nylander were to be picked up on re-entry waivers, his salary would be split 50/50 between the Caps and whomever grabbed him. But, not sure if everyone is aware that the Caps would be on the hook for that 50% for the remainder of his contract, not just for this season. That is another likely reason that McPhee has been looking for a straight-up trade. The promising part of the current developments is the fact that Nylander had to approve being put on waivers, so momentum is gathering to resolve this mess. FINALLY!!!

Posted by: MetalCapsFan | November 7, 2009 1:35 PM | Report abuse

This is a real interesting development because Nylander must have agreed to to be placed on waivers in the first place because of his NMC. I don't think he would agree to that unless there was a deal in place.

Posted by: cainoo7x | November 7, 2009 1:35 PM | Report abuse

Free Nylander!

Posted by: kylemryan | November 7, 2009 1:36 PM | Report abuse

From the NHL CBA (paraphrase of Sec. 50.9 (a)(i)...)

Players on a team's Active Roster, Injured Reserve, Injured Non Roster or Non Roster as of 5:00pm New York time on a particular day count toward the team's Upper Limit; in addition, if a player practices or travels with his NHL team or plays in an NHL game prior to 5:00pm and is then assigned to the minors, he will still count for that day.

Posted by: MetalCapsFan | November 7, 2009 1:39 PM | Report abuse

Tarik, now is the time to show that you are a big-time reporter. Get us some details!

Posted by: zmega | November 7, 2009 1:40 PM | Report abuse

Someday please tell us what the real story is re; Nylander vs Boudreau/McPhee.

Posted by: MKadyman | November 7, 2009 4:31 PM | Report abuse

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